Writer’s block sucks, especially if you write for a living. I don’t get paid by the hour. I get paid based on the amount of content I am able to create within a week’s time. If you are the same way or you simply don’t like getting stuck in your work, you need to figure out how to get past your writer’s block. I have learned a few tricks over the years that have certainly helped me out, and perhaps they will do the same for you. Here is a look at some of the techniques I use to break down the block that is hindering my writing.
Write Something Else
Sometimes I get stuck writing about one subject in particular, so I start writing about something else instead. Then I come back to the original topic with a fresh mind and a new appreciation for the information I am conveying. I write articles for a ton of different blogs, so I usually just switch to a new blog that does not have anything to do with the one I was working on. You may want to switch to a new class for school or a new song you have been working on. It all depends on what you actually do with your writing, but I promise that working on something else will help you get past your writer’s block
Leave the Computer
Sometimes your writer’s block is just a product of being on the computer for too long. I know that I experience that at least once a day. If I sit at the computer for more than four or five hours, I start to get cross eyed, sleepy, and – quite frankly – stupid. I lose any thoughts I should have in my mind, and somehow my body replaces them with daydreams and frustration. When I leave the computer for a bit though, I am able to collect my thoughts and write a killer article (much like this one ). Take a break from the keyboard and come back to it when you can think clearly. Then you will be able to pound out your writing like you know you can.
Read Something Inspirational
You may just need some inspiration to get rid of writer’s block. What that inspiration may be is entirely up to you. You may find ideas in the jokes from CollegeHumor.com, or you may get your ideas from reading the work of Shakespeare or Homer. I can’t tell you what to read for inspiration. I can just tell you to do it. Find something that gets your gears turnin’, and you will have a much better chance of writing in the future.
Take a Power Nap
If you are getting really drowsy from staring at the computer screen, take a power nap. This should be about 20 minutes long, just long enough for your body to perk back up. Most studies say that power naps can actually give you as much energy as a cup of coffee, which should be plenty of fuel to get you back on a writing track. Just take a quick snooze and see if that helps any.
Writer’s block can seem unbearable at times, but it isn’t something that you have to deal with forever. Rather than forcing your brain to work, give it a chance to rest. Then you can come back to what you are doing and hopefully rock it out. Follow the tips above the next time you have writer’s block, and you should be able to get past the issue in no time.